BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE PREMIERES WEEK OF THURSDAY, APRIL 29 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 5





BET & BET+ WHAT TO WATCH & BINGE PREMIERES AIRING AND STREAMING THE WEEK OF THURSDAY, APRIL 29 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 5
04/30/21

SEASON 2 OF BET+ ORIGINAL SERIES “BIGGER” IS NOW STREAMING ONLY ON BET+

New York, NY – April 30, 2021 – BET and BET+’s must-see programming week of April 29 – May 5 includes:

ON BET AND BET HER LINEAR:

“TYLER PERRY’S THE OVAL” AIRS TUESDAYS ON BET AND BET HER
#TheOvalOnBET

(‘Hunter’ played by Ed Quinn stars in “Tyler Perry’s The Oval” on BET)

Episode #212 “Misunderstood” premiering Tuesday, May 4 – Detective Jake puts his job on the line to help Sam in a covert operation. Barry is left reeling after hearing about Sharon’s condition. Hunter has a plan for Diane.

Catch up on Season 1 only on BET+.

BET+ ORIGINAL SERIES “AMERICAN GANGSTER: TRAP QUEENS” AIRS WEDNESDAYS ON BET AND BET HER

(Pictured, Shauna Scott)

Episode #105 “Shauna Scott” – Shauna Scott was sentenced to 20 years in prison for selling crack cocaine, but after more than 10 years of confinement, President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.

All episodes now streaming on BET+.

“SURVIVORS REMORSE” AIRS WEDNESDAY ON BET AND BET HER

(‘Cam’ played by Jesse T. Usher stars in “Survivors Remorse” on BET)

“How to Build a Brand” premiering Wednesday, May 5 – Following Reggie and Missy’s advice, Cam pays a visit to a dying, basketball-loving teen who hits him with a surprise request; Reggie suggests that Cam to put the family on the payroll.

“TWENTIES” SEASON ONE AIRS WEDNESDAYS ON BET
#TwentiesOnBET

(Iman Schumpert guest stars in “Twenties” on BET)

Episode #105 “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” premieres Wednesday, May 5, at 10:30 PM ET/PT– An earthquake shakes up the girls’ relationships. Marie becomes wary of Chuck when a night watching porn together goes awry. Hattie grows more fond of Ida when tasked with sorting her old manuscripts, leading to a heart-to-heart that proves both intimate and endearing. The episode features guest appearances by Sean “Big Sean” Anderson and NBA Player Iman Schumpert.

ON BET+:

“BIGGER” SEASON TWO AVAILABLE NOW WITH ALL NEW EPISODES ON BET+
Follow @BiggerSeries on Instagram

Thriving, ambitious, thirtysomething year-old college friends navigate their lives in Atlanta asking themselves – is there something bigger and better, as they try to build professional and personal lives they can be proud of.

NEW EPISODE OF “TYLER PERRY’S RUTHLESS” AVAILABLE NOW ON BET+
#Ruthless

Episode #210 “My Brother’s Keeper” – The Highest becomes concerned that no one has seen Lilo, and he questions Joan.

Watch the full season and catch up on Season 1, only on BET+

ON BET DIGITAL:

“RATE THE BARS” LAUNCHES MONDAYS ON BET DIGITAL
#RateTheBars
Episode #506 features Too Short and premieres on Monday, May 3 on BET.com/RateTheBars and BET’s YouTube channel at 3 PM ET— BET Digital’s hit series “RATE THE BARS” returns with rapping superstars rating the lyrics of your favorite MCs on a scale of one to five and share their unfiltered opinion on the lyrics with no knowledge of who the lyrics belong to. The fifth season includes new rappers Ice-T, D Smoke, Treach, Kash Doll, Big Daddy Kane, Rico Nasty, and Spinderella.

“SIP N’ SMOKE” LAUNCHES WEDNESDAYS ON BET DIGITAL

(Social Media influencer Zoie Fenty joins Cam Newton in BET Digital Original Series “Sip N’ Smoke”)

Episode #105 premieres Wednesday, May 5 at 1 pm ET on BET.com and BET’s YouTube channel.— Hosted by NFL superstar quarterback Cam Newton, “Sip N’ Smoke,” underscores Atlanta’s recognition as the new culture capital of America and centers around all things Black culture. Newton gets real with some of ATL’s notable personalities who call the city home. New episode features social media influencer Zoie Fenty, who will sip and sample Cam’s private selection of cigars and cocktails, while diving into hot topics and provocative conversation on life, art, business, and everything in between. “Sip N’ Smoke.”

Future guests include producer and activist David Banner and actor and former NFL wide receiver Devale Ellis. Past guests include comedian and businessman Steve Harvey and rapper and media personality 2 Chainz.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT BET+:

BET+ is the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience, with exclusive originals and thousands of TV episodes and movies from the best Black creators. A joint venture between BET and Tyler Perry Studios, BET+ allows users to stream Black culture including hit movies, TV shows, stand-up comedy, award shows, and specials, all in one place, commercial-free. The new service from BET Networks, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., is the official home of Tyler Perry’s film, TV and stage works. The ad-free subscription video-on-demand service also provides users with access to original content including hit series First Wives Club from Tracey Oliver, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and Bruh, Will Packer’s Bigger, hit unscripted anthology series American Gangster Trap Queens, exclusive originals from Carl Weber including The Family Business, Sacrifice and Influence to name a few. Visit BET.Plus to learn more and follow @BETPlus on social to join the conversation and get the latest.



Tyler Perry Brings More Laughs to BET





Tyler Perry Brings More Laughs to BET with the Return of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” May 25
In anticipation of their premieres, BET has green-lit “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” for a ninth season and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” for a third season.
[via press release from BET]
TYLER PERRY BRINGS MORE LAUGHS TO BET WITH THE RETURN OF “TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” AND “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” MAY 25

ALL NEW EPISODES MOVING TO TUESDAYS STARTING AT 9 PM ET/PT

IN ANTICIPATION OF THE SEASON PREMIERES THE NETWORK RENEWS THE #1 HIT SITCOMS FOR A NINTH AND THIRD SEASON RESPECTIVELY

New York, NY – May X, 2021 – This May, come home to BET for a night of Black joy, entertainment, and MORE of the Tyler Perry content we all can’t get enough of; you bring the family, we’ll bring the funny. New episodes of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” season eight and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” season two return Tuesday, May 25, starting at 9 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her. Executive Produced by Tyler Perry, “House of Payne” and “Assisted Living” occupied the #1 and #2 spots for comedy series on cable for African Americans 18-49, 25-54 in the calendar year 2020,* respectively. In anticipation of their premieres, BET has green-lit “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” for a ninth season and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” for a third season.

About “TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE” airing on a NEW NIGHT Tuesdays at 9 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her

#HouseOfPayne

The eighth season of the hilarious comedy features retired fire chief Curtis Payne and his lovely wife Ella. Together the loving couple navigates the problems of life with their quirky modern-day family. Starring LaVan Davis as “Curtis Payne,” Cassi Davis Patton as “Ella Payne,” Allen Payne as “C.J. Payne,” Lance Gross as “Calvin Payne,” Larramie “Doc” Shaw as “Malik Payne,” and Keshia Knight Pulliam as “Miranda Payne.” Ahmarie Holmes as “Lisa” and Quin Walters as “Laura” join as recurring characters. “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” is the #1 comedy series on cable for African Americans P2+ on Cable in the calendar year 2020.*
Episode #801 – “Whiplash” premiering, Tuesday, May 25 at 9 PM ET/PT- The Payne family becomes concerned while searching for C.J. after learning he ran into a burning building.

About “TYLER PERRY’S ASSISTED LIVING” airing on a NEW NIGHT Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her

#AssistedLivingBET

In Season Two of Tyler Perry’s comedy series “Assisted Living,” Mr. Brown, Cora, and the gang open their Assisted Living facility and a hilarious variety of personalities come to live in the home, bringing with them a ton of laughs and experiences. David Mann as “Mr. Brown,” Tamela Mann as “Cora,” J. Anthony Brown as “Vinny,” Na’im Lynn as “Jeremy,” Courtney Nichole as “Leah,” Alex Henderson as “Philip,” and Tayler Buck as “Sandra.” “Assisted Living” is the #1 new scripted series for African Americans P18-49, P25-54, and P2+ on cable for broadcast season 20-21.*
Episode #201 – “Bail Buns” premiering, Tuesday, May 25 at 9:30 PM ET/PT- The “Assisted Living” crew band together to get Jeremy released from jail when they catch Sheriff Luckett in a compromising position

For more information on “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living” log on to BET.com.

* Source: Nielsen | Live+SD | Competitive claims based on premiere ranking by average impressions during Prime (8p-11p through 3/28/21, 4+ t/c

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

About Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry Studios is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility founded in 2006 by actor, producer, filmmaker, playwright, and philanthropist Tyler Perry. Located in Atlanta, Georgia on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, the new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country. It boasts a variety of shooting locations including 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 12 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space and an expansive backlot.



BET Announces “DJ Cassidy’s Pass the Mic: BET Mother’s Day Edition”





BET Announces “DJ Cassidy’s Pass the Mic: BET Mother’s Day Edition” Premiering Sunday, May 9th at 9PM ET/PT
In celebration of mothers around the world, DJ Cassidy will pass the mic to an iconic once-in-lifetime line-up of legendary soul artists to sing their most uplifting, heartwarming, prolific records.
[via press release from BET]
BET ANNOUNCES “DJ CASSIDY’S PASS THE MIC: BET MOTHER’S DAY EDITION” PREMIERING SUNDAY, MAY 9TH AT 9PM ET/PT

DJ CASSIDY GIVES A SNEAK PEEK AT THE “PASS THE MIC” LINEUP FOR THE FIRST TIME

NEW YORK, NY, April 29, 2021 – BET will celebrate Mother’s Day with “DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic: BET Mother’s Day Edition,” on Sunday, May 9th at 9 pm ET/PT. In celebration of mothers around the world, DJ Cassidy will pass the mic to an iconic once-in-lifetime line-up of legendary soul artists to sing their most uplifting, heartwarming, prolific records.

DJ Cassidy is breaking tradition and has revealed the names of two artists in advance of the premiere for the first time in “Pass The Mic” history. Cassidy has exclusively confirmed that he will pass the mic to “The Godmother of Soul,” Patti LaBelle and R&B icon and New Edition member, Johnny Gill. Over a dozen other surprise legendary artists will join LaBelle and Gill in this joyous celebration of mothers and women worldwide.

“This special was designed to make you feel good. It was crafted to send chills down your spine, put goosebumps on your arms, and fill your heart with warmth,” said DJ Cassidy. “The artists and songs I’ve assembled for this show exude love, light, and inspiration, and together, we will uplift all those who take part in the celebration. This edition of ‘Pass Of Mic’ is dedicated to all the mothers and women around the world who make our world go round.”

DJ Cassidy and BET have transformed how we experience music through the “DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic” series. From his turntables in his living room, Cassidy connects virtually and intimately with R&B and Hip-Hop icons, as they sing along seamlessly to their classic records, each “passing the mic” to the next artist. The result is an emotionally uplifting, technologically innovative musical event. “DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic” specials have now featured more than one hundred legendary superstars including Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Nile Rodgers, Sister Sledge, Kool & The Gang, George Clinton, El Debarge, New Edition, Boyz II Men, Teddy Riley, En Vogue, TLC, SWV, LL Cool, Run DMC, Public Enemy, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Salt ‘N Pepa, Missy Elliot, Wyclef Jean, and countless others.

This special comes on the heels of BET and DJ Cassidy’s partnership to produce six “DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic” specials throughout 2021. The first installment, “DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic: The BET After Party” followed the 52nd NAACP Image Awards on March 27th to overwhelming online hysteria.

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET, along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE), JCE’s Dionne Harmon, music industry mogul Steve Rifkind, and DJ Cassidy Executive Produce DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic.

For more information on “DJ Cassidy’s Pass The Mic: BET Mother’s Day Edition,” visit BET.com and follow the conversation across social platforms using #PassTheMicOnBET.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.



See Us Unite for Change – Hosted by Ken Jeong, First-of-Its-Kind Global Event





See Us Unite for Change – Hosted by Ken Jeong, First-of-Its-Kind Global Event to Celebrate and Pay Tribute to the Asian American Experience
The event will air on Friday, May 21 at 8:00/7:00c and will be simulcast nationally and worldwide across the platforms of the MTV Entertainment portfolio as well as BET and Nickelodeon and stream exclusively on Facebook Watch.
[via press release from MTV]
See Us Unite for Change — Hosted by Ken Jeong, first-of-its-kind global event to celebrate and pay tribute to the Asian American experience

Produced by a coalition of philanthropic and Asian American Pacific Islander Organizations, with the Ford and MacArthur Foundations, Jesse Collins Entertainment and MTV Entertainment Studios

Special to air Friday, May 21st at 8PM EDT across MTV Entertainment’s suite of brands including MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network and Smithsonian Channel as well as BET and Nickelodeon and stream exclusively on Facebook Watch

New York – April 29, 2021 – In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a coalition of partners including the Ford and MacArthur Foundations have partnered with MTV Entertainment Studios to produce See Us Unite for Change, a first-of-its-kind special hosted by Ken Jeong and featuring notable AAPI celebrities and allies. The event will air on Friday, May 21st at 8PM EDT and will be simulcast nationally and worldwide across the platforms of the MTV Entertainment portfolio (MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network,Smithsonian Channel, Pop TV, VH1, CMT, TV Land and Logo) as well as BET and Nickelodeon and stream exclusively on Facebook Watch.

Through music and comedy performances, short film packages and speakers, the special aims to inspire and educate viewers about the impact that the AAPI community has had in America, as well as how to move forward and further support on-the-ground efforts to build solidarity against hate. The Executive Producers of this historic event are Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder of Care.com, and Jesse Collins, Kimmie Kim and Carol Donovan of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

“This event comes at an important time for our AAPI community, as we unite with our allies to celebrate the breadth and diversity of the Asian American experience,” said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, See Us Unite for Change Executive Producer and Founder of Care.com. “There is more work to be done in raising awareness of the contributions of our AAPI community and we’re honored to have the support of our partners as we work to build solidarity in service of a more equal and just society in America.”

“We are outraged and deeply saddened by the escalation of hate crimes against AAPI communities and stand with them in the fight against xenophobia and bigotry,” said Chris McCarthy, President, MTV Entertainment Group. “Hate against one of us is hate against all of us and by working together on a global scale, we can help end this senseless violence.”

“I am honored to be a part of an event that will highlight the rich history of the Asian community,” said Jesse Collins, Executive Producer and Founder & CEO, Jesse Collins Entertainment. “Asian Pacific Americans have played an important role in shaping our country and bringing visibility to this broad community is something I am truly honored to do.”

“We are in solidarity with the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the face of bigotry, racism and violence,” said Mina Leferve, Head of Programming and Development, Facebook Watch. “We see what the community is enduring, and we’re honored to help raise awareness and to help spotlight the rich and beautiful history of Asian and Pacific Islanders in America.”

See Us Unite for Change is part of a broader advocacy campaign, See Us Unite, that is designed to accelerate impact and expand support for the AAPI community through the amplification of voices and education about the Asian American experience.

About See Us Unite

See Us Unite is a cultural campaign designed to accelerate impact and expand support for the AAPI community through solidarity and education. Our ambition is to amplify voices as we unite to change people’s perception about what it means to be an American. We will do this by bringing allies and partners together to use our resources and networks to support the on-the-ground work of community organizers raising awareness, building understanding and broadening educational efforts about the Asian American experience. See Us Unite was created by a coalition of nonprofits including the Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation in service of solidarity with the AAPI Community. In partnership with the Asian Pacific Fund, See Us Unite will direct support to Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), Stop AAPI Hate, National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), The Asian American Education Project (AAEdu), Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), and other AAPI organizations.

About MTV Entertainment Studios

MTV Entertainment Studios leverages the iconic brands of the MTV Entertainment portfolio (MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Paramount TV, Smithsonian Channel, CMT, Pop TV, TVLand and Logo) to produce content for its thriving linear, streaming, digital, social, live events and audio platforms.

About Jesse Collins Entertainment

Jesse Collins Entertainment (JCE) is a full-service television and film production company and has played an integral role in producing many of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. JCE has a multi-year overall agreement with ViacomCBS Cable Networks. On the theatrical film side, the company also has a first look on JCE’s film development projects which could include Viacom’s film entities such as Paramount Players. The award-winning and critically acclaimed television that JCE has produced includes miniseries – The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story; scripted series – American Soul and Real Husbands of Hollywood; children’s series – Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices; award shows – BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors, UNCF’s An Evening of Stars, BET Hip Hop Awards, ABFF Honors and Soul Train Awards; specials – John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration, Change Together: From The March On Washington To Today, Stand Up for Heroes, Dear Mama, Amanda Seales I Be Knowin’, Def Comedy Jam 25 and Leslie Jones: Time Machine; as well as competition/game shows – Sunday Best, Hip Hop Squares, Nashville Squares and Rhythm & Flow. Jesse Collins, founder and CEO of the company, is the executive producer of all programming. He is also a co-executive producer for the iconic Grammy Awards. Most recently, he was executive producer of The 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and produced The 2021 Academy Awards. Go to jessecollinsent.com for more information on the company.

About Facebook Watch:

Facebook Watch is a place to discover and enjoy video on Facebook. Home to a wide range of video – from Facebook Watch Originals like the award-winning Red Table Talk to gaming, sports, music, news and live content – Facebook Watch is a global destination where content, community and conversation come together. This is a personalized viewing experience, where you can discover new content based on what your friends are watching, and catch up on the shows you follow. Facebook Watch is available for free on mobile apps across Apple and Android, on desktop, laptop, all Portal devices and on TV apps listed HERE.



Award Winning Series, “The Rich and the Ruthless” New Home for Season Four on BET+





Award Winning Series, “The Rich and the Ruthless” New Home for Season Four on BET+
Seasons 1-3 are now streaming on BET+.
[via press release from BET]
AWARD WINNING SERIES, “THE RICH AND THE RUTHLESS” NEW HOME FOR SEASON FOUR ON BET+

New York, NY, April 27, 2021 – Emmy nominated and 11-time NAACP Image Award-winning actress and New York Times best-selling author, Victoria Rowell and Days Ferry Productions, announce BET Plus (BET+) is the exciting new home for her hit series, THE RICH AND THE RUTHLESS Season 4, premiering May 13. Seasons 1-3 are now streaming on BET+.

Fan favorite THE RICH AND THE RUTHLESS is a behind-the-scenes, dram-com soap that follows the fictional story of the first black owned family sudser on broadcast television, stopping at nothing to stay in power.

This critically-acclaimed Daytime Emmy-nominated series won Best Ensemble Cast and Best Lead Actress by the Independent Series Awards.

The series stars Richard Brooks (Good Trouble; Shameless), Victoria Rowell (Birdie), Alesha Renee (Kenan), Robert Ri’chard (Harlem), Chrystale Wilson (All the Queens Men), Michael Colyar (BET’s Hollywood Heartbreak), Dawnn Lewis (Star Trek; Lower Decks), Vivian Lamolli (All the Queens Men), Kristen Mako (The Big Rant), Bryton James (The Young & The Restless) and new talent Akilah Releford.

Season 4 of THE RICH AND THE RUTHLESS is executive produced by Victoria Rowell in association with Days Ferry Productions, Carletta S. Hurt, Richard Brooks, Vanzil Burke and Jill Warner. Head Writer, Victoria Rowell. Writing Consultant, Victoria Christopher Murray.

#TheRichandtheRuthless https://www.therichandtheruthless.com/

ABOUT BET+:

BET+ is the premium streaming service for the Black community offering thousands of hours of hit movies, TV shows, stage plays and more. With new, exclusive originals premiering each month, BET+ offers the best of Black culture with titles like First Wives Club, Ruthless, Bigger, The Family Business and American Gangster: Trap Queens from revered creators like Tracy Oliver, Tyler Perry, Will Packer and Carl Weber, to name a few. BET+ members can watch as much as they want anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen and always commercial-free. Visit BET.Plus to learn more about BET+, a joint venture between BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios, and follow @BETPlus for the latest news and updates.

ABOUT VICTORIA ROWELL:

Rowell is an EMMY nominated comedic and dramatic artist. She co-starred in the LIFETIME TV remake of Jane Austen’s classic, “Pride & Prejudice” as Catherine Darcy. Her executive produced and directed movie, “Jacqueline and Jilly,” addressing the Opioid addiction crisis in a well to do Virginian black family, was met with praise and released on UMC.TV and also aired on BET in 2020.

Rowell teamed up again with AMC Networks/RLJ Entertainment streamer / UMC.tvwith her interior design prowess, and first AMC Networks/UMC.tv Original (DYI) limited Series, “Trash vs Treasure,” with low-income clientele – which launched in July 2020

Rowell historically directed Viacom/CBS BET HER movie, “Everything Is Fine,” focusing on mental wellness in a black family which premiered in July 2020 and starred Charmin Lee and LaRonn Marzett. Rowell appeared in two subsequent BET HER movies from the same series, “The Waiting Room: A Long Look in the Mirror” and “Like, Comment, Subscribe” in October 2020 as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Rowell/Days Ferry Productions also co-produced a five-part, behind the scenes, “Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva” podcast with Entertainment Speakers Bureau, available now wherever podcasts are available, such as Apple, Spotify and more.

Rowell co-stars with director/actor, Greg Alan Williams in the dramatic, criminal justice feature film, “Birdie”, releasing this month.

Rowell has worked with creative luminaries such as: Anne Rice, Misty Copeland, Anne Roth, Neema Barnette, Sharon Stone, Twyla Tharp, Kasi Lemmons, Denyce Graves, Colleen Atwood, Terri Lyne Carrington, Milos Forman, Irwin Winkler, Richard Brooks, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Medak, Johnathan Lynn, Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Webber, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Bruce Willis, Jan de Bont, Peter/Bobby Farrelly, Eddie Murphy, Dick Van Dyke, Jim Carey, Beau Bridges, Harry Lennix, Anthony Tudor, Forest Whitaker and more. CBS, Viacom, Universal, Sony, NBC, ABC, AMC, Disney, Warner Brothers, Fox, MGM, HBO and UMC, Amazon, and ROKU.

Rowell co-executive produced several UPtv Christmas holiday movies for Uplifting Entertainment Network. UPTV boasts over 70 million subscribers worldwide.

Rowell has also been highly acclaimed from her work as an advocate for foster children and communities underserved in the arts. In addition to her long time and illustrious acting career, she is a NY Times best-selling author and an in-demand speaker. She has two adult children, Maya and Jasper, and resides in LA.



Video: Faith, Family, and Scandal – “Favorite Son” on BET+





Video: Faith, Family, and Scandal – “Favorite Son” on BET+
Twin brothers in a gospel group struggle to find balance of life, love, faith, and religion while under the strict rule of their father, a megachurch Reverend.
[via press release from BET]
Faith, Family, and Scandal – Favorite Son on BET+

Twin brothers in a gospel group struggle to find balance of life, love, faith, and religion while under the strict rule of their father, a megachurch Reverend.

Don’t miss the latest BET+ Original Movie, Favorite Son based on the book by Tiffany L Warren, starring Rotimi Jonathan McReynolds, E Roger Mitchell, Keke Wyatt, Sereyah Loren Lott, Lisa Arrindell, Anthony Evans, and directed by Robin Givens, ONLY on BET+



BET to Honor Earl “DMX” Simmons with Live Exclusive Coverage of His Homegoing Celebration





BET to Honor Earl “DMX” Simmons with Live Exclusive Coverage of His Homegoing Celebration and Special Programming on Sunday, April 25
In addition to the homegoing celebration, BET will air special programming that day to remember Simmons including a selection of films and documentaries starring or featuring the late recording artist and actor.
[via press release from BET]
BET TO HONOR EARL “DMX” SIMMONS WITH LIVE EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF HIS HOMEGOING CELEBRATION AND SPECIAL PROGRAMMING ON SUNDAY, APRIL 25

#BETRemembersDMX

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 22, 2021 – Earl “DMX” Simmons was a prolific writer and lyricist. His music legacy is cemented, being the first rapper to accomplish having his first five albums debut at #1 and the only to have his first two albums debut at #1 in the same calendar year. To honor the life of the beloved hip-hop icon, BET will televise and stream “BET REMEMBERS DMX” including LIVE exclusive coverage of his homegoing celebration Sunday, April 25 at 2:30p.m. ET on BET and its YouTube channel here (in-person attendance to the homegoing celebration is restricted to close friends and family due to health and safety guidelines). In addition to the homegoing celebration, BET will air special programming that day to remember Simmons including a selection of films and documentaries starring or featuring the late recording artist and actor.

“DMX is a musical icon whose impact was truly groundbreaking and transcended generations. The authenticity and transparency in his music were profound, creating a lane of his own that changed hip-hop forever. BET is proud to pay our respect to a legend and show our love and support to DMX’s family during this difficult time,” said Connie Orlando, Executive Vice President of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy.

For more information visit BET.com. Follow us @bet across these social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter) and join the conversation using the hashtag #BETRemembersDMX.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.



Award-Winning Drama “Survivor’s Remorse” to Air on BET Starting Wednesday, April 21





Award-Winning Drama “Survivor’s Remorse” to Air on BET Starting Wednesday, April 21
Starring Jessie T. Usher, RonReaco Lee, Erica Ash, Teyonah Parris, Tichina Arnold, and Mike Epps, the series centers around the lives of Cam Calloway and his family after he signs a pro-basketball contract and moves his family to Atlanta.
[via press release from BET]
AWARD-WINNING DRAMA “SURVIVOR’S REMORSE” TO AIR ON BET STARTING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21

Produced by NBA superstar LeBron James, the first season of “SURVIVOR’S REMORSE” to complement BET’s ‘Watch On Wednesday’ line-up on BET and BET HER

NEW YORK, NY April 20, 2021 — BET will air the first season of the popular series “SURVIVOR’S REMORSE” beginning Wednesday, April 21 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on BET and BET Her. After a successful four-season run on STARZ, the half-hour scripted series produced by LeBron James, will make its first-ever basic cable debut on BET. “SURVIVOR’S REMORSE” to complement BET’s original programming line-up of power-house Black creators and talent. Starring Jessie T. Usher, RonReaco Lee, Erica Ash, Teyonah Parris, Tichina Arnold, and Mike Epps, “SURVIVOR’S REMORSE” centers around the lives of Cam Calloway and his family after he signs a pro-basketball contract and moves his family to Atlanta. The deal was negotiated by Josh Vodnoy, VP Content Acquisitions of ViacomCBS, and Lionsgate’s Kate Nexon, SVP of North American TV & Digital Sales.

BET’s winning Wednesday line-up kicks off the night at 9 pm ET, with BET+s docuseries “American Gangster Trap Queens” followed by scripted comedy “Twenties” from Lena Waithe at 10 pm ET. “SURVIVOR’S REMORSE” will close out the night at 10:30 pm ET, highlighting a night of unforgettable characters fueled by ambition and ruled by the hustle.

About BET+ original series “American Gangster Trap Queens” season one

The true-crime series “AMERICAN GANGSTER: TRAP QUEENS” chronicles some of America’s most notorious female gangsters. All episodes are now streaming on BET+.

Episode #103 “Thelma Wright” premieres, Wednesday, April 21 at 9 PM ET/PT- Thelma Wright’s evolution from a middle-class Catholic schoolgirl to one of the most powerful women in the Philadelphia dope game is a story of tenacity and redemption.

About “Twenties” Season one

“TWENTIES” ranked as the #1 new comedy series on cable for African Americans 18-49 in 2020* and premiered to critical acclaim with its first-time portrayal of a masculine-presenting Queer woman of color as the lead in a primetime show. The scripted series created and written by Waithe and Hillman Grad Productions stars Jonica T. Gibbs as Hattie, a queer black girl who is chasing her dreams of being a screenwriter in Los Angeles alongside her two best friends, Marie and Nia, played by Christina Elmore (“Insecure”) and Gabrielle Graham (“Possessor”) respectively. While they live separate lives, the girls lean on each other for guidance as they navigate their twenties and test the limits of diversity, love, and inclusion. The series, greenlit for a second season, continues to receive buzz for Lena Waithe’s creative direction, Susan Fales-Hill’s remarkable vision, and Jonica T. Gibbs’ star-making performance.

Episode #103 “Happy Place” premieres Wednesday, April 21, at 10 PM ET/PT- Hattie searches in vain for her “happy place” to write. Meanwhile, Marie is pitted against the only other black executive at the studio while Nia questions whether she’s on the right career path.

More about “Survivor’s Remorse” Season One

“SURVIVOR’S REMORSE,” centers around the lives of Cam Calloway and his family after he signs a pro-basketball contract and moves his family to Atlanta. Starring Jessie T. Usher as Cam Calloway, RonReaco Lee as Reggie Vaughn, Cam’s cousin, Erica Ash as Mary Charles “M-Chuck” Calloway, Cam’s half-sister, Teyonah Parris as Missy Vaughn, Reggie’s wife, Tichina Arnold as Cassie Calloway, Cam’s mother and Mike Epps as Uncle Julius (Seasons 1-2).

Episode #101, “In The Offering” premiering Wednesday, April 21 at 10:30p ET/PT: Star basketball player Cam Calloway signs a pro contract with Atlanta, and is embraced by the city. But his entourage – sister, mother, cousin and wife and uncle – are proving to be a liability.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.



“American Skin” Makes Its Streaming Debut on BET+ Next Week





“American Skin” Makes Its Streaming Debut on BET+ Next Week
The film follows a Black Iraqi War Vet, Lincoln Jefferson (Nate Parker), who after being denied a fair trial following the shooting death of his teenage son by a white police officer, desperately seeks justice and accountability for his son’s death.
[via press release from BET]
“AMERICAN SKIN” MAKES ITS STREAMING DEBUT ON BET+ NEXT WEEK

Nate Parker’s award-winning film will be available to stream exclusively on BET+ starting April 15

New York, NY (April 8, 2021) – As the leading streaming service for the Black community, BET+ is proud to be the exclusive SVOD home for Nate Parker’s AMERICAN SKIN. Beginning April 15, BET+ members will be able to watch the captivating film, in which Parker wrote, directed and stars in. The film comes to the BET+ platform at a critical time as racial justice remains at the forefront of global headlines and the national dialogue.

“While BET+ is a platform for promoting Black stories, it’s also a place for championing Black culture and advocating for our community,” said Devin Griffin, Executive Vice President and General Manager, BET+. “When we first learned of the film’s ambitions, we knew it was something we had to be a part of. We were delighted to board the project early on as a production partner and are even more so now that our BET+ members can watch and experience this timely and poignant film.”

“BET+ played a pivotal role in getting American Skin to market and we were thrilled to have a partner who understood the gravity and importance of bringing this story to life,” said writer, director and activist Nate Parker. “My ambition with this film was to reflect the Black experience and to create a dialogue that adds context and accountability and allows us to push and change the narrative around race and justice in this country.”

AMERICAN SKIN weaves a layered story in the tradition of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon, that follows a Black Iraqi War Vet, Lincoln Jefferson (Parker), who after being denied a fair trial following the shooting death of his teenage son by a white police officer, desperately seeks justice and accountability for his son’s death.

In addition to Parker, AMERICAN SKIN stars Omari Hardwick, Beau Knapp, Theo Rossi, Shane Paul McGhie, Milauna Jackson, Vanessa Bell Calloway, and Sierra Capri. The film was produced by Mark Burg, Tarak Ben Ammar and Lukas Behnken with Zak Tanjeloff, Michael Novagratz, Bagrat Sargsyan, and Vaagn Sarkissian serving as Executive Producers.

AMERICAN SKIN comes to BET+ fresh off a successful PVOD run where the film became one of Vertical Entertainment’s highest grossing titles. AMERICAN SKIN previously premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival where it won the Filming Italy Award for Best Film of the Sconfini Section. Since its debut, the film has also resonated with audiences across the globe, with a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and has struck a chord with the Black community, counting celebrities and tastemakers like Lebron James, Diddy, E40 and David Oyelowo as fans.

To learn more about the fight for justice against police brutality and how to get involved, check out the following resources:

The Electoral Justice Project: The Electoral Justice Voter Fund marshals a cross-issue, transnational Black electoral-justice movement by building a network of local organizers and partners. We define electoral justice as encompassing accountability, interventions, dismantling, and building anew.

Mothers Against Police Brutality: Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) is the voice for justice for victims of police brutality and deadly force. We are multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition uniting mothers nationwide to fight for civil rights, police accountability, and policy reform.

National Action Network: National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, criminal record, economic status, gender, gender expression, or sexuality.

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ABOUT BET+:

BET+, a joint venture between BET and Tyler Perry Studios, is the leading streaming service for the Black community. With thousands of hours of hit movies, TV shows, stand-up specials, stage plays and more, BET+ offers the best of Black culture, including exclusive originals from best-in-class creators like Tracey Oliver’s First Wives Club, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and Bruh, Will Packer’s Bigger and Carl Weber’s The Family Business and Sacrifice, to name a few. BET+ members can watch as much as they want anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen and always commercial-free. Visit BET.Plus to learn more and follow @BETPlus for the latest news and updates.

About The Nate Parker Foundation:

For over 5 years, The Nate Parker Foundation has been empowering the next generation of Black storytellers to change culture through the cinematic arts. We believe greater representation in the cinematic arts inspires critical conversation and assists in the advancement of social justice. By nurturing new voices in film, we can revolutionize culture. We are excited to announce our latest initiative, a talent accelerator, NPFU, headed by Nate and a team of industry professionals. The program models tech accelerators, taking a hands on approach to cultivating young black talent for success and impact in the film industry.



Aml Ameen, Ronnie Rowe Jr. and Mouna Traore Set to Co-Star in New CBC and BET+ Original Series “The Porter”





Aml Ameen, Ronnie Rowe Jr. and Mouna Traore Set to Co-Star in New CBC and BET+ Original Series “The Porter”
The series is set to start production in Winnipeg, Manitoba later this spring, more additions to the cast will be announced in the coming weeks.
[via press release from CBC]
AML AMEEN, RONNIE ROWE JR. AND MOUNA TRAORÉ SET TO CO-STAR IN NEW CBC AND BET+ ORIGINAL SERIES “THE PORTER”

April 8, 2021 – The first round of casting for CBC and BET+ original series THE PORTER (working title, 8×60) has been confirmed, with Aml Ameen (I May Destroy You, Yardie), Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Star Trek: Discovery, Pretty Hard Cases) and Mouna Traoré (Self Made, The Umbrella Academy) to co-star in the 1920s drama. With the series set to start production in Winnipeg, Manitoba later this spring, more additions to the cast will be announced in the coming weeks.
Inspired by real events and set in the roar of the 1920s, THE PORTER follows the journeys of an ensemble of characters who hustle, dream, cross borders and pursue their ambitions in the fight for liberation – on and off the railways that crossed North America. It is a gripping story of empowerment and idealism that highlights the moment when railway workers from both Canada and the United States joined together to give birth to the world’s first Black union.

Ameen will portray ‘Junior Massey,’ an intelligent, smooth, ambitious and fearless risk taker and war veteran employed as a porter with the Transcontinental Railroad; alongside Rowe Jr. as fellow porter ‘Zeke Garrett,’ Junior’s friend and war buddy, who is calm, thoughtful and persistent to a fault in his fight for integration. Traoré will play ‘Marlene Massey,’ Junior’s wife who works with the Black Cross Nurses, an offshoot of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association, risking resources and reputation to help her community and reach her full potential.

Set primarily in Montreal, Chicago and Detroit as the world rebuilds after the First World War, THE PORTER depicts the Black community in St. Antoine, Montreal – known, at the time, as the “Harlem of the North.” They’re young, gifted and Black, from Canada, the Caribbean, and the U.S. via the Underground Railroad and through the Great Migration, and they find themselves thrown together north and south of the color line, in an era that boasts anything is possible – but if change isn’t coming for them, they will come for it. By any means necessary.

A CBC and BET+ original series, THE PORTER is originated and created by Arnold Pinnock (Altered Carbon, Travelers) and Bruce Ramsay (19-2, Cardinal), with Annmarie Morais (Killjoys, Ransom, American Soul), Marsha Greene (Private Eyes, Ten Days In The Valley, Mary Kills People and Aubrey Nealon (Snowpiercer, Cardinal), and produced by Winnipeg-based Inferno Pictures Inc. and Sphere Media’s Sienna Films. Morais and Greene are showrunners and executive producers. Charles Officer (21 Thunder, Ransom, Coroner) and R.T. Thorne (Blindspot, Utopia Falls) will direct the series, and are executive producers. Pinnock and Ramsay are co-executive producers. The series is written by Morais, Greene, Andrew Burrows-Trotman, Priscilla White, Pinnock and Ramsay, with R.T. Thorne participating in the writers’ room. The series is funded with the support of the Canada Media Fund and Manitoba Film & Music and is distributed internationally by Abacus Media Rights (AMR) and Sphere Distribution.

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About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About BET+

BET+ is the premium streaming service for the Black community. With thousands of hours of hit movies, TV shows, stage plays, and more, BET+ offers the best of Black culture, including exclusive originals from leading creators like Tracey Oliver’s First Wives Club, Tyler Perry’s Ruthless and Bruh, Will Packer’s Bigger, Carl Weber’s The Family Business and American Gangster Trap Queens, to name a few. BET+ members can watch as much as they want anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen and always commercial-free. Visit BET.Plus to learn more and follow @BETPlus for the latest news and updates. BET+ is a joint venture between BET and Tyler Perry Studios.

About Inferno Pictures Inc.

Inferno Pictures is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and led by President Ian Dimerman, who has financed and produced numerous feature films and television movies including Christmas at The Plaza, The Christmas Club, Cinema of Sleep, Fracture, Percy, A Dog’s Journey, The Parts You Lose, How It Ends, Journey Back to Christmas, Goon, and Mr. Hockey: the Gordie Howe Story.

About Sienna Films

Led by EP/Producers Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny, Sienna Films is one of Canada’s preeminent scripted content companies, producing film and television internationally since 1992. Their most recent series, Trickster (CBC), was named one of Variety’s top 15 dramas at MIPCOM 2020, and the final season of Cardinal (Bell Media), Season 4, was a continued success internationally including BBC Two, where it aired to critical acclaim and high ratings. In 2020, Sienna Films was acquired by Sphere Media, which specializes in the creation, adaptation, production and distribution of television and film content.

About Abacus Media Rights

Abacus Media Rights (AMR) acquires and distributes a diverse slate of premium, multi-genre programming in the international market. At the same time, the company also works with producers to facilitate pre-sales and development finance as well as broadcaster commissions. Embracing a fully transparent reporting ethos throughout, AMR focuses on building strong client relationships and generating positive solutions at every stage of the process, from initial financing to worldwide broadcast in order to successfully deliver scripted and non-scripted entertainment that counts to a global audience. Abacus Media Rights is financed by the Amcomri Media Group. Further information: www.abacusmediarights.com